We kicked off our new Science unit on Deciduous Trees and Leaves by going for a nature walk last Friday! The children completed a Scavenger Hunt and gathered a variety of leaves from the Walden play yard and neighborhood. At the end of the day, we read the book called Leaf Man by Lois Elhert to inspire leaf art. Pictured here are some of our class Leaf Animal Creations!
So much fun celebrating Literacy today in the classroom! The children brought so many characters to life! With the Kindergartners as an audience, each child practiced introducing themselves and their book choice/author, displayed their character poster and shared their selected traits with evidence. Happy Halloween!
Parents, please review this Character Day Form that was sent home yesterday in your child's backpack. Next Thursday, the Elementary and Middle school students will be celebrating favored characters. The students in Grades 1 & 2 have been learning how to identify character traits and provide evidence. They will present a poster to peers about their chosen character from either a just right book, a classroom read aloud or a favorite read aloud from home. The children are invited to wear or bring a prop to enhance their character presentation. Please read the letter for more information!
The children look forward to Technology each week! We have been working to develop skills including handling the computers properly, logging in and using the track pad. Today we started acclimating our hands on the keyboard for typing. The children practiced placing their pointer fingers on the "f" and "j" keys with thumbs on the space bar. This was exciting and a bit challenging for the children. We hope to build upon these skills throughout the year!
The 1st and 2nd graders are deep into the writing process. We learned that if we narrow a "watermelon" or broad topic down to a narrow "seed," it makes for a captivating story about one moment time. Currently, the students are carefully using tools such as the "Words I Use When I Write" book and a personal Word Wall to edit commonly misspelled words in their writing. We look forward to publishing and sharing our hard work with families and peers next Friday, October 18th!
In the Grades 1 & 2 classroom, the children experience a balanced approach to literacy. Through Word Study and Reading Workshop, the children develop phonemic awareness, decoding and encoding strategies, fluency, comprehension and learn deeper thinking strategies to support their ability to independently engage in the text at hand. Using these skills, the children blossom into life-long readers!
Each Friday afternoon we celebrate a long week of hard work by digging deeper into a current topic of study. The afternoon consists of a variety of activities both indoors and outdoors. This past week, the children explored and discussed the dangers that turtles encounter in their natural habitats. Then, they created the "Turtle Wheel of Trouble" pictured above to reinforce the value of environmental protection.
After learning a bit about our nation's Founding Fathers, "We the Kids" worked together as a class to build and agree upon a list of guidelines to keep our classroom community respectful and safe. Pictured above are a few students signing our Classroom Constitution using a quill pen. At the Walden School, we foster active citizenship by giving children ownership of their classroom community. After all, children are more likely to abide by "rules" and to keep one another in check, when they ALL have voice. Come by our classroom to see what the children wrote!
Peek-a-boo from around our awesome classroom! Parents, we can't wait for you to come learn about what we do here in Room 203 on Back to School Night next Thursday! Comment below with any ideas, topics or questions you have for Back to School Night so that we are sure to cover all of your concerns! See you then!
These first few days in Grades 1&2 have been filled with so many smiles from familiar and new faces! We've had so much fun getting to know about each other and making new connections with one another. We are excited to watch these friendships grow as the year progresses!